Commercial Storage Sales Specialist

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

Commercial Storage Sales Specialist

Job Description:

Hewlett Packard Enterprise advances the way people live and work. We bring together the brightest minds to create breakthrough technology solutions, helping our customers make their mark on the world.

We're solving the world's most complex challenges, and our people are at the forefront of progress. In a Sales role at HPE, you'll play a part in building the future one big idea at a time. You'll be selling HPE products, services, software, or solutions to customers, both directly and indirectly. Working at HPE, you'll have the resources to develop your talent and creativity. Are you ready to unleash your potential?

The Storage Sales Specialist is the primary Subject Matter Expert for Storage and related products. Responsible for driving storage sales in an assigned territory, industry, or account(s). Demonstrates solid understanding of the features and benefits in the area of evolving storage technical solutions as well as how HPE solutions are differentiated from the competition. Maintains an outside-in view, stays abreast of competitors, leverages HPE's opportunities and mitigates challenges. Exercises deep expertise of end to end data solutions leveraging the HPE storage portfolio and ecosystem of partners. Effectively uses references to craft a story that makes complex technologies seem simple & understandable for our customers. Actively hunts for solution opportunities in acquisition and development accounts to pursue new business. Actively generates customer interest and links business and financial benefits with technology. Brings a services-led approach to build stickiness through consultative engagements and financial constructs. Laser focused on the channel to forge relationships, provide enablement of key technologies, and co-sell to end-users. Responsible for the close plan for storage-related opportunities.


  • Responsible for sales of storage products and solutions in assigned territory, industry or accounts.

  • Uses advanced storage expertise to seek out new opportunities for customer value by expanding and enhancing existing opportunities.

  • Creates and drives the storage sales pipeline.

  • Captures leads outside of specialization and uses closed-loop lead management to ensure assignment and follow-up by others.

  • Collaborates with the account pursuit teams to leverage their solutions expertise for business development.

  • Build sales readiness and reduces client learning curve through effective knowledge transfer in storage.

  • Contributes to development of quota objectives and future direction for storage product lines.

  • Directs and coordinates supporting sales activities related to pipeline hygiene through account managers, Presales, channel partners and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Effectively uses internal sales tools to maintain a healthy pipeline and the account plan in a timely fashion.

  • Collaborates across the HPE teams to deliver a consistent approach to developing business, including account planning for end to end solutions.

  • Assesses solution feasibility from a technical and business perspective to determine "qualify-in"/"qualify-out" status.

  • Negotiates and drives profitable deals to ensure successful closure and a high win rate.

  • Drives sales of the storage portfolio, using strong leadership and initiative to successfully prospect, negotiate and close deals.

  • Establishes a professional and consultative relationship with the client by achieving an advanced understanding of the unique business needs of the client within the industry.

  • Works with clients up to and including the C-level for mid-to-large accounts.

  • Leverages advanced knowledge of competitors and industry trends to strategically position the company's products and services.

  • Focuses on and works with the channel to forge relationships, provide enablement of key technologies, and co-sell to end-users.

  • Effectively leads, evangelizes, and helps to coordinate Storage marketing campaigns (digital /new techniques) to ensure a successful launch and maintenance of the campaign momentum, in alignment with the account strategy. Acts as a trusted storage solutions consultant for the slated accounts/region.

  • Reinforces and articulates HPE's strategy and portfolio to partners and champions to uncover new business opportunities and contacts, including new logos when appropriate.

  • Effectively uses references to craft a story that makes complex technologies seem simple and understandable for the customers

  • Actively generates customer interest and anticipates customer's buying trends.

  • Links business and financial benefits with technology offerings.

  • Illustrates the ROI & TCO advantages of HPE offerings for the customer's business.

  • Cultivates and maintains positive relationships with customers to ensure account retention and growth, to position the company as the preferred vendor to meet business needs.

  • Supports deal closure in partnership with relevant internal stakeholders including account managers and channel partners

Education and Experience:

  • University or Bachelor's degree preferred. Demonstrated achievement of progressively higher quota, interface with diverse business customers at all levels.

  • Typically 6-10+ years of sales experience.

  • Experience in storage sales, typically 2-3+ years.

  • Extensive vertical industry knowledge required.

  • Project management experience required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Storage Specialist- Sales Acumen & Behaviors Possesses expertise to be able to assess solution feasibility from a technical and business perspective, to determine "qualify-in"/"qualify-out" status.

  • Uses expertise to negotiate and drive deals to ensure successful closure and a high win rate.

  • Demonstrates hunter mentality to actively pursue for solution opportunities in acquisition and development accounts and to pursue new business.

  • Possesses the ability to independently articulate the technical solution and the commercial benefits to the client.

  • Possesses knowledge of digital and modern methods to connect and sell.

  • Uses storage knowledge to actively prospects within accounts to discover or cultivate sales opportunities.

  • Technology Focus Is considered an expert in knowledge of storage, cloud, solution or service offerings as well as competitor's offerings to be able to sell large solutions.

  • Understands the outside-In view and possesses deep knowledge of industry trends.

  • Stays abreast of competitors and key partner/ISV solutions, including both traditional and emerging vendors. Leverages HPE's opportunities and mitigates challenges.

  • Understands the role of IT within the area of storage.

  • Understands how the company's solutions differentially address specific vertical industry challenges, as well as their cross-segment capabilities.

  • Demonstrates high service, product, and solution knowledge.

  • Can articulate and differentiate HPE's product offerings against the competition.

  • Solutions Acumen Understands the industry and market segments in which key accounts are situated, and integrates this knowledge into consultative selling.

  • Possesses the ability to leverage the company's product portfolio and services to up sell.

  • Possesses deep expertise of end to end data solutions leveraging the HPE storage portfolio and ecosystem of partners, with a strong focus on traditional & modern applications and change the playing field on our competitors

  • Partnering Acumen Understands how and when to engage different types of partners effectively, and is able to map the right partner to an opportunity.

  • Expertise in mapping the right partner skills to the required storage related opportunity.

  • Possesses deep understanding of business models of service providers, to be able to engage and sell Leadership Persuades and negotiates with others, draws upon interpersonal skills, empathy, and understanding of personality types

  • Motivates, coaches and supports peer sales team members to ensure effective selling; counsels through selling challenges.

  • Clearly address challenges on customer's/partner's business horizon, aligns with requirements and priorities, reflects strategic partnering, and contributes to account growth objectives.

  • Demonstrates courage to take calculated risks; creates a sense of trust to inspire innovation in the team.

  • Rewards, recognizes and celebrates successes.

  • Other Possesses advanced financial acumen and leverages the available tools to profile each account's business unit.

  • Maintains expertise on IT at all levels new applications, maintenance, typical budgets of the CIO's, typical objectives, measures, metrics.

  • Understands and applies program/project management methods and processes to define, plan, cost, resource, track and ensure successful pursuit.

  • Collaborates with management and sales teams in shared accounts to ensure seamless integration of Storage Specialist sales with other sales activities.

  • Scope and Impact:

  • May lead sales engagements to position creative storage solution which is the key to a profitable and successful delivery.

  • Accounts may be international or global.

  • Typically assigned higher than average quota.

  • Orchestrates the regional pursuit resources for the account.

  • Complexity: Accounts may be international or global.

  • May perform project management role.

  • Coordinates external partners.

We offer:

  • A competitive salary and extensive social benefits

  • Diverse and dynamic work environment

  • Work-life balance and support for career development

  • An amazing life inside the element! Want to know more about it?

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise is EEO F/M/Protected Veteran/ Individual with Disabilities.

HPE will comply with all applicable laws related to the use of arrest and conviction records, including the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and similar laws and will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories.

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Commercial Storage Sales Specialist

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